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Sen. Olympia Snowe

Former Senator for Maine

Snowe was a senator from Maine and was a Republican. She served from 1995 to 2012.

She was previously the representative for Maine’s 2nd congressional district as a Republican from 1979 to 1994.

Photo of Sen. Olympia Snowe [R-ME, 1995-2012]


Ideology–Leadership Chart

Snowe is shown as a purple triangle in our ideology-leadership chart below. Each dot was a member of the Senate in 2013 positioned according to our ideology score (left to right) and our leadership score (leaders are toward the top).

The chart is based on the bills Snowe sponsored and cosponsored from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 2, 2013. See full analysis methodology.

Enacted Legislation

Snowe was the primary sponsor of 35 bills that were enacted. The most recent include:

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Does 35 not sound like a lot? Very few bills are ever enacted — most legislators sponsor only a handful that are signed into law. But there are other legislative activities that we don’t track that are also important, including offering amendments, committee work and oversight of the other branches, and constituent services.

We consider a bill enacted if one of the following is true: a) it is enacted itself, b) it has a companion bill in the other chamber (as identified by Congress) which was enacted, or c) if at least about half of its provisions were incorporated into bills that were enacted (as determined by an automated text analysis, applicable beginning with bills in the 110th Congress).

Bills Sponsored

Issue Areas

Snowe sponsored bills primarily in these issue areas:

Commerce (24%) Taxation (16%) Government Operations and Politics (15%) Science, Technology, Communications (12%) Health (10%) Economics and Public Finance (8%) Finance and Financial Sector (8%) Transportation and Public Works (7%)

Recently Introduced Bills

Snowe recently introduced the following legislation:

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Most legislation has no activity after being introduced.

Voting Record

Key Votes

Snowe voted Yea

Conference Report Agreed to 86/13 on Dec 15, 2011.

Snowe voted Nay

Snowe voted Yea

Snowe voted Yea

Motion Agreed to 81/19 on Dec 15, 2010.

The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (Pub.L. 111–312, H.R. 4853, 124 Stat. 3296, enacted December 17, 2010), also known …

Snowe voted Nay

Bill Passed 69/30 on Sep 29, 2010.

Snowe voted Yea

Motion Rejected 34/63 on May 22, 2008.

The Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 is Title V of the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2008, Pub.L. 110–252, H.R. 2642, an Act of …

Snowe voted Nay

Joint Resolution Passed 81/15 on Feb 14, 2007.

Snowe voted Yea

Missed Votes

From Jan 1995 to Jan 2013, Snowe missed 11 of 5,995 roll call votes, which is 0.2%. This is better than the median of 2.0% among the lifetime records of senators serving in Jan 2013. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

We don’t track why legislators miss votes, but it’s often due to medical absenses, major life events, and running for higher office.

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Primary Sources

The information on this page is originally sourced from a variety of materials, including: